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Waiting For Spider-Man? New Marvel Comic Features Charter School Lottery

With his application to a charter school, the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, really is a 21st century teen.


It looks like Marvel's commitment to making the 21st-century Spider-Man more diverse "in background and experience" goes beyond replacing a killed-off Peter Parker with half-black, half-Latino teen Miles Morales. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, which debuts in September, the Brooklyn-born Morales also participates in a high-pressure charter school lottery similar to those seen in the documentary Waiting For "Superman".

Thanks to a preview from Comic Book Resources, we get to see Morales and his parents waiting anxiously for their lottery number to come up. The number 42 is drawn, but does that mean that Morales is in the charter or not? Without the accompanying words, it's hard to tell for sure:

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Teachers to Take Center Stage at NBC's Upcoming Education Nation Summit

The event will focus on solutions and the daily lives of American teachers.

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The Pygmalion Effect: Does Calling It a "Failing School" Make It One?

There's been an incredible spike in the prevalence of the term “failing school”—and that label itself could be hurting our education system.

Nowadays it's pretty common to hear talk about “failing schools.” We rarely pause to consider, however, that that label might suggest the students and teachers inside the building are failures themselves. And our casual use of the term could have pretty dangerous consequences.

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Waiting for Superman Can Stop Waiting for Oscar

The Academy Awards dissed the biggest education documentary of 2010. What gives?


Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced yesterday, and in the documentary category Exit through the Gift Shop, Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land were all given nods. The documentary you probably heard about most last year—and probably actually saw—was not. Oscar dissed Waiting for 'Superman.'

When Superman made its debut, pundits claimed an Oscar would sit next to the golden statue director Davis Guggenheim garnered for An Inconvenient Truth. Despite the cast appearing on Oprah and generous support from Bill Gates, that's not happening and a few interesting theories are floating around about why.

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